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GM Ditches an Electric Cadillac for a Cadillac

Well, damn. Motors is pulling the plug on the Converj extended-range electric to focus instead on bringing hybrids to its luxury brand, one of might be the XTS Platinum concept we saw at the auto show.

The Cadillac concept was a sexier, more version of the Chevrolet Volt we ll see on the by the end of the year. GM never confirmed the first seen last at the Detroit auto show, was more than a slick Still, everyone figured it was as as done because GM bigwig and Volt proponent Bob Lutz s him in the pic) said in January the was a go.

But Bloomberg, citing two executives knowledge of the move, says the decided in late January to the project after concluding the car t have enough amenities and to be compelling for consumers. GM has decided to instead on developing plug-in for Cadillac because the batteries are and cheaper.

Can you kill a project was never officially approved?


The XTS plug-in hybrid concept.

Cadillac spokesman David told us the Converj was never than an idea, and any progress might have been toward production was minimal.

has happened in reality, he said. It s an and an idea as big as that one is naturally It s not been green-lighted for production, no. But doesn t rule it out either. is probably a little too strong a for Converj a difficult proposition is a better view of its prospects.

doesn t really clear up, but Caldwell says GM has a plug-in Cadillac called the XTS Platinum the rounds. The Platinum sports a V6 engine and a plug-in hybrid GM claims the drivetrain produces 350 and 295 foot pounds of torque.

The car rides on the same platform as the LaCrosse, and it could deliver 40 on a charge.

This has merit and is actively considered, Caldwell But that s because it represents the phase in hybrid tech, not at the expense of another tech. we have a hybrid today Escalade hybrid ) so moving to a PHEV is logical.

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If Converj in fact, killed, it appears one for it was making a battery capable of the car.

“The future lies in hybrids with smaller range,” Eric Noble, of the automotive industry consultancy told Bloomberg. Killing the is, he said, “a tacit admission GM that they over-batteried the

That s an interesting point. The has a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery, but the car uses about 8 kilowatts. GM the pack to ensure it provides performance and capacity for the life of the

GM has never said what the which is being built by GM in using cells from costs, but batteries in general are said to run $500 to $1,000 or per kilowatt hour.

Bloomberg says making the luxurious enough to wear a badge would have packing it with features, would have increased the car s and cut its range. GM has always said the will get 40 miles on a charge the gasoline engine kicks on, a generator that will the electric car rolling.

GM hasn t what the Volt will but it is widely believed to be shooting for That s a lot for a Chevrolet, and GM says the will come down as the is applied to other models and But with GM casting doubt on the of the Converj, it makes you wonder how that plan is.

Photo: General Motors

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